Located alongside the Burlington Northern tracks, the Depot is a clear reminder of the importance of the railroad in the economy and social life of old Ritzville. For generations in the life of Ritzville–as of the nation–rail travel was the primary mode of transport. For over sixty years of Ritzville’s history, both passenger travel and shipments of freight to markets near and far went chiefly by train. The railroad was instrumental to the settlement of Ritzville by carrying its crops to national and international markets, and by bringing new settlers to the area.
The Ritzville, Washington Railway-Depot Museum: Exterior View
At one time, fully eight to ten passenger trains would stop in Ritzville every day. Area residents could ride the train to Spokane early in the morning and return home that same evening.
Ritzville Depot Museum: Ticket Corridor. The Depot was built by the Northern Pacific Railroad company in 1910. It is a brick structure, built in the classic mission style. Its exterior exhibits overhanging eaves, a gable roof, bellcast eaves, and stepped parapets with stone coping. The interior is remarkably well preserved, and with terrazzo floors and tile wainscoating.